TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Lambeau Field
Weather: High 22, Low 16
Line: Green Bay (-5)
Losing Aaron Rodgers to an injury just a few weeks ago had to have been the worst thing that could have possibly happened to the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers was having an MVP-type season before going down with a shoulder injury and it could be a few more weeks until he’s back. Before going down with an injury, he passed for 2,218 yards and 18 touchdowns but has since been replaced with Scott Tolzien. The pass game has not been the same and neither have the Packers, dropping three straight since Rodgers went down. Jordy Nelson continues to impress, however, catching 57 passes for 889 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. Eddie Lacy has been phenomenal in his rookie season with the team, rushing for 696 yards and five touchdowns.
While they have lost far more games than they even thought was possible for a team with the talent that they have, the Minnesota Vikings look to be one of the NFL‘s biggest disappointments in 2013. With a record of 2-8 and a last place standing in the NFC North, the Vikings are still scratching their heads, wondering why they have lost more games this season than they did in all of 2012. Christian Ponder has been counted on as the starter for most of the season, when healthy, passing for 1,375 yards and six touchdowns for the 25th-ranked passing offense in the league. Greg Jennings hasn’t quite been the receiver he used to be, catching 34 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns — second on the team. Adrian Peterson has been the lone bright spot, rushing for 851 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
Defensively, the Vikings have been as poor as any unit in 2013. Minnesota ranks dead-last in points allowed per game while ranking 30th in total yards allowed per game because of their poor secondary that ranks 29th in passing yards allowed. The Packers rank 18th in both points allowed and total yards allowed per game while ranking 21st in passing yards allowed and 12th in rushing yards allowed.
PREDICTION: Vikings 24, Packers 28